The DEQ is incorrect in their statement of "in compliance".
As a group of concerned homeowners, parents, and business owners in the neighborhood, we have been monitoring the crematory on a daily basis over the past few months. We have documented higher opacity levels between 30%-40% and at 10-15 minute sessions of this unregulated toxic smoke.
As featured in KOIN's video, the smoke was closer to 90% opacity and for over 10 minutes. This smoke is clearly not in compliance with DEQ's General Air Contaminant Discharge Permit # AQGP-012, section 2.0 Emission Standards and Limits: 2.1 Visible Emissions. The crematory is allowed six minutes of smoke with 20% opacity as measured by EPA Method 9. Dan Murphy at the DEQ refuses to acknowledge this issue and take any action to enforce their own rules defined in the permit. We've supplied them with documentation and disturbing videos with the toxic black and grey smoke spewing over Vestal Elementary:
Also, the City of Portland issued a Notice of Noise Violation to the crematory on September 6, 2013. They were exceeding noise decibels for commercial to residential: at 63 Hertz the sound measured 74 dB, at 125 hertz the sound measured 67 dB, and at 250 Herz the sound measured 64 dB. The sound levels were also monitored by our group with an average 65 dB. According to Chapter 18.10 Maximum Permissible Sound Levels as defined by the City, they were in violation but actually cited for low-pressure levels. They have until September 23, 2013 to remedy the issue or will face up to $5000 in daily fines.
Finally according to DEQ's permit under Public Notice, the neighborhood never was given 30 days notice about the Gable Funeral Home & Cremation Service's (formerly Cremation & Burial Care of Oregon) intention to install the crematorium. For the crematory to qualify for the air discharge permit the wording states: All of the following conditions must be met in order to quality for assignment to this General Air Contaminant Discharge Permit (ACDP). So there is a very large question of whether or not the DEQ should have issued the permit based on non-public input alone.
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